CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Ohio woman who crashed along Interstate 64 earlier this year said she couldn't claim the accident on her insurance because police allegedly lost the report.
Nicky Strickland, of Kettering, Ohio, said she's contacted multiple local agencies but no one can help her.
In the early-morning hours of Jan. 16, Strickland said she was driving back from Charlotte, N.C., when a tractor-trailer cut her off on I-64 near Nitro.
"He cut across too soon, I swerved to avoid him and flipped," Strickland said.
She called 911 and she said dispatchers sent Nitro Police Department officers to come survey the damage. The officers then took photos of the car and skid marks on the interstate, she said. Her car was towed, and Nitro police took her to the station to get her information while Strickland's mother drove down from Ohio to pick her up.
A week later, Strickland was surprised when no one at the department knew anything about the crash and couldn't find the report or the photos, she said.
She had attempted to file a claim with her insurance using the "phantom vehicle defense," a crash for which an unknown vehicle is to blame.